This is a lovely appetizer when served with crostini, pita bread, bagel chips or crackers. I've also used it as a topping over a salad of mixed greens. This mushroom version of a caponata is healthier than the eggplant one.—Julia Cotton, Pacific Palisades, California
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
- 2 large green peppers, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, chopped
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- Bagel chips or lightly toasted French bread baguette slices
- In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute green peppers and onion in 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Add half of the mushrooms and remaining butter and oil; saute until tender. Remove onion mixture and set aside. Saute remaining mushrooms until tender. Return all to the pan. Cover and simmer over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
- Add the olives, vinegar, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with bagel chips or baguette slices.
To Make Ahead: Can be made 2 days in advance. Reheat over low when ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts1/4 cup (calculated without bagel chips): 53 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Originally published as Mushroom Caponata in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2011